Today in 1969: On Rainbow Bridge at Niagra Falls in Canada, a large delegation of “Women Strike for Peace”, led by Jane Spock and Helen Boston, a black, “Gold Star” mother from Brooklyn, push past protesting U.S. border officials to meet with three women visitors from South Vietnam’s National Liberation Front.
Among the women who speak are Willie Hardy, a mother of five and organizer of the Washington, D.C. poor; Helen Boston, who feels her son has died in vain in Vietnam; and Mary Melville, a Maryknoll nun who had worked in barrios in Central America and is a member of the Catonsville 9.
The meeting at Rainbow Bridge is charged with emotion as the women explore their sisterhood, poverty and repression.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, the Olbrich Summer Concert Series continues with “Wall of Funk.” Olbrich’s Summer concerts are every Tuesday night in June and July. A small admission donation is suggested. This is at 7pm at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Avenue. For more info, call 608-246-4550.
This Saturday is the Third Annual Currant Events Festival! Celebrate fruit, enjoy live music, and expand your palette for unique small fruits in Wisconsin. Highlights include an orchard tour, tips for using local fruits from area chefs, a pie contest, and more! Dress for the outdoors, rain or shine. There is a cost for this event, which includes a catered organic lunch. This is Saturday from 10am to 2pm at Hilltop Community Farm near La Valle. To RSVP and for directions, visit hilltopcommunityfarm.org or call 608-257-6729.